by Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church – Being a Psalm 23 Husband
Editor’s note: Looked at this piece on Faithful Word’s website figuring that Anderson might do some ridiculous ranting on the roles of men lording over women ala Biblical Gender Roles dude only to find him saying basically that owning a gun to protect your wive is biblical. In light of the recent shootings happening in the US by random MRA-type guys I can’t say it makes me feel any safer to know that another unhinged-seeming patriarch with masculinity issues is running around with a deadly weapon. Your thoughts?
So, shouldn’t the husband be willing to lay down his life for the wife? He needs to be the one who risks his life to protect his wife. He needs to be a protector and to provide protection to the point where she will fear no evil because he is with her, and he is there to protect her.
Women should be able to rely on their husband to be a protector. Now you’ll say to Pastor Anderson, “how am I going to be a good protector?” This could be different for different people, different situations, different circumstances, different places that you live, different countries, different cultural divides. But if you think about it, having a weapon might be advisable for being a good protector. Having weapon would be a good place. Maybe even just learning some basic fighting skills. And you say, “Oh men, that is so carnal and wicked.”
But the Bible says that God teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. So there’s nothing wrong with learning martial arts, with learning how to fight, learning how to use weapons and so forth. Now you say, “well, but you know, no Christians..” Somebody looked at my gun today and said that it was an abomination. What’s this protests? He pointed at my gun and said, “That’s an abomination to Jesus.”
So how of me is an abomination? But the pointing at this gun and saying that it’s an abomination. People are being brainwashed today. Let me just show you some key scriptures on having a weapon. It says in Luke 22 verse 35, we’ve got to go here because, otherwise, people will say, “Get out of the Old Testament!” So I’ve got to start with the New Testament. Luke 22:35, it says, “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” Is God against us owning weapon in the New Testament? Jesus said “now that I’m going to the cross, I want you to have a sword, I want you to have a weapon. If you don’t have sword, sell your garment and buy one.” And you say, “Oh, that wasn’t a literal sword, that was just the sword – the spirit the word of God.” But look what is says in verse 38. It says, “they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.” So look, two swords is enough? Zero’s not enough. Now you say, “Pastor Anderson, I can’t afford a gun.” Then you need at least to have a good knife or a machete or a chain saw, a battle axe, a ninja’s car. You have to have something. It’s a good idea. Do you know what actually is a really effective weapon? A baseball bat. Very cheap. Very easy to get. When I was first married? My wife and I were very poor, and I did not have a gun for a long time. We were too poor. Guns were expensive and we barely (unclear) and I had a metal baseball bat under the bed. I mean, that’s an effective weapon, because if anything happens in the middle of the night, it’s going to be close quarters. I just grab that metal baseball bat and start swinging it.I’m not saying bring your baseball bat to a gun fight. But I’m saying that a baseball bat is better than nothing. The Lord knows what you have and what you don’t have. He knows your financial situation. And if you’re poor, and you can’t afford a gun, then you could get some kind of a weapon, go find the lead pipes somewhere for crying out loud. It wasn’t that in somebody killed, somebody would that in the board game clue, right? I mean, what in the candle stick for crying out loud. Do something to be able to defend. You say, “well, I’ll just kind of rely on the Lord to protect me.” You know what? People in the Bible always relied on the Lord to protect them but they also built a wall around the city when God told them to. And they also built machines of war. And they also learned how to use swords and shields and things. So yes, we’re going to rely on the Lord. Here’s a key verse. “The horse is prepared against the day of battle but safety is of the Lord.” So we should prepare. But at the end of the day, we trust the Lord. But that doesn’t mean just no preparation and trust the Lord. No. We do what we can humanly and then we rely on the Lord to do the rest. So I recommend owning a weapon.
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